About Ethiopia

Ethiopia, the cradle of mankind, a mosaic of varied cultural and historical heritages, and a country with its own unique alphabet and calendar is a symbol of freedom to all African nations.

Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa, has a heritage from the beginning of mankind was underlined when the remains of “Lucy”, dated from 3.5 million years ago, and the recent achievement with the discovery of Selam, a fossil that is the most complete and 150,000 years older than Lucy, is another testimony for the importance of the region for the study of human origin.

Ethiopia is a land of stunning natural beauty; a land of remote and to the legendary Queen of Sheba.  The unevenly carved Simien Mountains, one of UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites-and some of the lowest, such as the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulfur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape are found in this country. 

An Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years. With over 80 different peoples, the cultures of our communities are prominent in our lifestyle.  With traditional going back to the days of Axum, and a strong religious setting, celebrations and festivals play an important part in our daily lives.

Many people visit Ethiopia - or hope to do so one day – because of the remarkable manner in which ancient historical traditions have been preserved, and, indeed, the ceremonies and rituals of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church open a Window on the authentic world of the Old Testament.  In no other country is it possible to find you so dramatically transported back in time or to participate with such freedom the sacred rituals of very aged faith.

Ethiopia is a land of rugged mountains (some 25 are over 4,000 meters high), broad savannah, lakes and rivers. The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collections of bird life, great escarpments and stunning vistas.  Tissisat, the Blue Nile Falls, must rank one of the greatest natural spectacles in Africa today. With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire sub-Saharan ecosystem. Bird life abounds, and indigenous animals from the rare Walia ibex to the shy wild ass, roam free just as nature intended.  Ethiopia, after the rains, is a land decked with flowers and with many more native plants than most countries in Africa.

Ethiopia is the thumb of 1st Muslim inhabitants who arrived in Ethiopia around 7th century AD, History has it that the early followers of Prophet Mohammed were granted asylum to the land of Abyssinia by the King Nejashi who eventually converted to Islam, making him the first Ethiopian and even the first non-Saudi Muslim in the world. Nejashi is considered by many as the second Mekkah.